No One You Know shuts down

We have learned that popular West Virginia bluegrass band No One You Know has broken up. They played their final show a week ago today. No announcement has been made about existing shows booked for 2013.

Until last week, the band consisted of Rachel Burge on mandolin, Lance Gainer on guitar, Ramie Bennett on banjo, Bruce Jones on resonator guitar, and Don Anderson on bass.

There is no mention of the break up on the band’s web site, other than a somewhat cryptic message from Jones on their Facebook page.

“It is very Sad for me to tell everyone that the No One You Know Band is broken up. It is really a shame I don’t even know what the reason is to tell you folks. So anyway it was the best time I ever had playing. And thanks to all of the fans and friends that helped make N1UK a success one would think why Quit when you are moving forward I can’t figure it out. THANKS.”

From what we have been able to uncover, plans had been for laid for 3 members of the group to move on, with the two remaining keeping the name and reassembling with a new lineup. For reasons as yet unstated, those plans have fallen through.

Burge, whose solo album we reviewed favorably this Summer, tells us that she will keep going in bluegrass.

“Things happen for a reason.

I don’t know what lies ahead, but I do know I won’t stop promoting and playing my music.

We’ll see what happens.”

The band’s web site is still operational, and it appears that orders for their two CDs are still being accepted. Their most recent album, Calm Before The Storm, is also available from Mountain Fever Records.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.